That's right. One product, all the clean. I use this baby for everything. It's my literal all purpose cleaner. Floors. Counters. Fridge. Stove top and inside. You name it. Even windows! What could be more simple?
I love cleaning. I mean, there are 550,000,000 things I would rather do sometimes but in the end, I love cleaning. It's my go to when I'm upset. Clean and think. I REALLY love to make cleaning products and this takes away the laborious aspects and leaves the fun parts, creating and making things smell yummy. Thus, this concentrate is UNscented. You may feel free to add your favorite but this 32oz repurposed pickle jar will last me over a year. Scents are one thing I love to match with seasons, just seems to make the season all that more special! Ya know?
So to the recipe!
It's so simple.
Clean All The Things Concentrate, by The Smart Girl in Pants:
- 1 bar of firm soap, pass on the glycerin based soaps for now please.
- 1/2 cup of baking or washing soda
- 3 TBsp glycerin
- 24-32oz of water, halved
- 1/3 cup salt
-Optional: soap berry extract (which I added but forgot to get a picture of).
-Extra optional: scent like essential oils
That is it folks! Now the making of this does involve some weird steps but stay with me.
First, put half your water to boil. I prefer 32oz of water for a 4oz bar of soap. So that would mean you would boil 16oz of water! If you do less than 32 ounces, please expect your cleaning concentrate to be more stiff.
Grate your soap while you wait. I make soaps (which I love) and after I stash some back, share some and barter some, I have a few lingering left overs dying for some purpose. The more fine you get it, the easier of a time you will have melting it. Trust me. This particular bar of soap was lavender, thyme and lemon, in case you wanted to know.
Once your water is rolling, take off the heat and add your baking soda. The key here is to dissolve all the baking soda. That will make things easier down the line. It will fizz when it hits the water, so be careful about that!
Once your baking soda is completely dissolved, now you may add the soap. Stir and stir until it is melted. I wish I could tell you to pop it in the food processor but unless you want a bubbly mess, I would refrain. Add in the glycerin at this point as well and any drops of soap berry.
As your soap melds with your baking soda water, heat up the other, separate, half of your water to dissolve the salt. Salt has this fantastic ability to firm up most soaps. Sometimes, I have people tell me they tried making shower gel from bar soap to end up with goo-gone-wrong. It does that. Salt water can help a ton. It's just adding it at the correct stage and amounts that can be a pain.
Once your soap is melted and your salt dissolved, you may now combine the salt water and soap mixture as follows. At this point, all should be cool enough to add to the food processor, but still little bit warmer than room temp. If it is hot, wait. This part is important! Add the soap mix first. If you have the option to blend and add things withOUT having to remove lid (dangerous and messy) do that. If not, stop blending every so often and add more salt water. Or dump it all and blend like crazy. You do you, k? Blend at least for 1-2 minutes. Just to insure it's all smoothed together.
The salts reason for existing in this recipe is to cause the mixture to firm up. Bringing it from a goo mess to a cream type consistency. If you add too much salt, crazy stiff. If you don't add enough, goo mess.
It will seem like watery soap, while it's still kinda warm. Did you mess up? Idk, I'm not there BUT I do suggest you wait until it completely cools before being sad. It may look a bit like this at first, separating.
Blend it again. Just blend it 1-2 minutes again. Go for it. It should look like this...
Ah. That's better! Now it should stay together nicely and firm up a LOT. Possibly even to the point where it's hard to scoop out. If it gets too firm, get sections and blend with the smallest amounts of water until it looks like soapy joy... or the picture above.
The reason we want to ensure the baking soda is totally dissolved and not just hanging out, is that once it's to this point, it would be very messy to try to get that grit to dissolve. If the gritty baking soda doesn't dissolve, you risk clogging and ruining your favorite spray bottles. Let's skip that, shall we?
One TBsp of this concentrate will make 32 oz of cleaner! Can NOT beat that! I have used this for all things, hence the name... If you want it a bit stronger, add more. If you would like it less powerful, less. Easy peasy. With window cleaning, I spray a bit and scrub. Then, if I need to, wipe off with a clean towel.
You can scent this now or wait and scent each cleaning product as you make it, like it do. There are many oils that have been known to disenfect! Here are some basic blends using those oils:
-Tea tree, Rosemary, lemon
-Cinnamon, Rosemary, clove and lemon
- Spikenard, tea tree, lemongrass and oregano
-Tea tree, oregano, thyme and lemongrass.
I love these seasonal essential oil blends, which just smell so grand:
- Jasmine, lavender, peppermint and lemon.
- Rose, jasmine, honeysuckle, neroli and thyme.
- Rosemary, lemongrass, lemon and vanilla absolute
- Neroli, sweet orange, lime and spearmint
-Cinnamon, anise, clove, cedar wood and coriander
- Cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and vanilla absolute
- Peppermint, vanilla absolute, lemon and cedar wood or pine
- Pine, rosemary, cedar wood, spearmint and vetiver.
See? I love my seasonal things! Not to mention you can scent this differently for each cleaning job or room!
As much as I love cleaning products, this just takes all the work out of it and leaves the fun. Plus, to me at least, using amazingly scented products just makes the whole experience worth it. We all have to clean daily. May as well enjoy it!
So there you have it! Simple and zero waste! If you don't make these things, be sure to find a great seller you can request waste-free shipping! Most are completely ready and willing to help, albeit sometimes at an added cost but that's fair, I think!
Now, let's go clean all the things!
The Smart Girl in Pants
The Smart Girl in Pants